Question about 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage
Unless it's coming from the valve cover down, this is the rear main seal. Generally, you'll have to remove the starter, axle(s), linkage & transaxle, then the flywheel to expose the seal. It is mounted in an aluminum bracket that bolts to the engine around the crankshaft to hold the bearing and help to provide the proper sealing to that area. While you are there, you should consider replacing any seal in that area to prevent the need of pulling the trans again.
If you do that, you'll remove the entire bracket & be able to easily remove the rear main seal.
The seal can also be pulled out where it is if you are careful, by using a couple of sharp screws & tapping into the center of the seal, away from either edge so as not to damage the housing or the crankshaft, then pulling the seal out. I use 2 screws as a rule & predrill with a low speed drill making sure not to touch anything but the center of the "hard" area between the 2 surfaces. A bent tip on a screwdriver can also provide you with a means to pull the seal. Either works, you just have to be sure not to scratch the crank or the aluminum bracket that holds the seal.
This method eliminates the need for replacing other gaskets in that area.
Parts: Rear Main Seal (set) includes the paper seal. Consider the Trans main/input seal, you are there and the method for replacing it is very similar, pop it out & push another back in. You'll need RTV for the paper seal if you do replace it.
As far as the manual, there's more than one type & place to get them, including on-line. If you go to one of the parts stores like Autozone, they will provide you access online to vehicle specific repair info if you just take a minute to register. Pep--boys has a multitude of manuals for most vehicles.
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
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